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International Studies

Professors: Dodge, Myers, Scott

Associate Professors: Gai (director), Misawa

Affiliated Faculty:

Professors: Gormly, Greb, Krol, Maloney, Vande Kappelle

Associate Professors: Caffrey, East, H.J. Manzari, Mulvania, Pflanze, C. Shaughnessy, M. Shaughnessy, Swift, Taylor

Assistant Professor: Ternes

The International Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary major aimed at providing a global context for a liberal arts education. It is intended to expose students to a broad range of international issues through multidisciplinary course offerings from the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It also offers students the opportunity to study in relative depth one geographical area of the world through an area study, language study, and study abroad. The goal of the International Studies Program is to help students become informed and productive citizens in an increasingly interconnected world. Students who successfully complete the International Studies Major will have an understanding of world events from multiple perspectives and the ability to analyze critically a narrowly defined topic of international interest from theoretical as well as experiential points of view. They will have an appreciation for the values and perspectives expressed by at least one culture different from their own. They will be able to communicate in culturally appropriate ways and in a language other than English with members of at least one society in their area of concentration.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: The International Studies Major requires a minimum of eleven courses representing at least four different departments. At least four of the eleven courses must be at the 300 level or above. All majors are required to complete a minimum of one semester of study abroad as well as the capstone experience. Other courses not listed below may also satisfy a major requirement when approved by the program. The professor who teaches such a course should petition the IST program for approval prior to the course being taught

• Three required courses:

ECN 102

Principles of Macroeconomics

POL 120

World Politics

SOC 261

World Societies

• Three elective courses:

Take two from the following list:

EVS 315

International Environmental Policy

HIS 215

United States Diplomatic History from 1898 to the Present

POL 220

U.S. Foreign Policy

POL 320

International Politics

POL 321

International Law

POL 322

International Political Economy

POL 331

Politics of Developing Countries

REL 204

World Religions (Non-Christian)

Take one from the following list:

ARH 102

World Art II

ENG 260

World Literature

HIS 274

World Environmental History

HIS 355

Global Buddhism

MUS 141

Music of the World

• Three courses in one of the following four areas:
(One of the three must be a regionally focused course as indicated by the R designation. R courses are either a comparative study of two or more countries of the area or a study of the area as a whole.)

Africa and the Middle East

ARA 257

Arabic Literature in Translation

FRN 420

Topics in Francophone Cultures

HIS 340

The Middle East (R)

MUS 341

Music of the African Diaspora and Modern Africa

POL 232

Politics of the Middle East (R)

POL 230

Politics of Africa (R)

REL 105

Introduction to Islam

East Asia

HIS 151

Asian Heritage (R)

HIS 250

History of Modern Japan

HIS 255

History of Modern China

HIS 350

Contemporary East Asia(R)

HIS 352

China through Literature

POL 231

Politics of China

POL 250

Special Topic: Political Economy of East Asia(R)

POL 350

Special Topic: East Asia in World Politics(R)

REL 206

Eastern Religious Traditions(R)

SOC 247

Special Topic: Japanese Society


ARH 352

19th Century Art

ARH 355

20th Century Art

FRN 411

Cultural History of France

GER 235

Introduction to the German-Speaking World

GER 485

Cultural History of Germany

GER 486

Topics in German Culture

HIS 228

19th-Century Europe(R)

HIS 230

20th-Century Europe, 1919-1945(R)

HIS 231

Post-World War II and Contemporary European History(R)

HIS 240

Russia, the Soviet Union, and the CIS

HIS 304

History of Modern Eastern Europe(R)

HIS 320

Modern European Diplomatic history(R)

POL 330

Comparative Politics(R)

Latin America

HIS 260

Latin American History to Independence (R) HIS 261 Latin American History from Independence to the Present (R)

POL 250

Mexico and the Caribbean

SPN 420

Topics in Hispanic Culture

SPN 421

Latin American Film

• Two foreign language courses at the intermediate level or above. Majors are urged to take at least one course in the language of their host country while they are abroad.

• All majors must spend a minimum of one semester, or the academic equivalent, on a study abroad program approved by the IST Director in line with the College study abroad guidelines. During study abroad students will take a full load of courses, as defined by the program director and the study abroad institution. A maximum of five full-course equivalents of the required major courses may be taken during a semester of study abroad and a maximum of 6 full-course equivalents of the required major courses may be taken during a full academic year of study abroad.

• Capstone Experience: The Capstone Experience can be an independent study, internship, or practicum. For the independent study option, the student should register for IST 500 or 501and the study must involve original research of an interdisciplinary nature. For the internship option, the student may or may not register it as an internship course depending on the nature of the internship. For the practicum option, the student will participate in international studies related activities, such as Model EU and Model UN, without registering it as a course. All options for the Capstone Experience require an oral presentation for successful completion and the oral presentation should be completed during the same academic year as the Capstone Experience. Students should discuss their capstone options with their IST major advisors during their junior year. All capstone options need to be approved by the program director and the IST Steering Committee.

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